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South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During the 2021 Legislative Session

South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During the 2021 Legislative Session

Washington State’s 2021 legislative session kicked off on January 11 and it will go for 105 days, until April 25. Between now and then, State senators and representatives will introduce bills to the legislature, refer them to their applicable committees, and consider the bills multiple times and at various stages before a bill is potentially passed into law. This year’s ...

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The Stranger: Our Police Are Civil Servants and Guardians, Not Warriors

The Stranger: Our Police Are Civil Servants and Guardians, Not Warriors

Our community is reeling with anger and frustration following the killing of yet another unarmed, non-threatening black man by police officers, this time in Minneapolis. We are heartsick at the senseless killings of George Floyd, Manuel Ellis, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the sense that we have made so little progress as a country in combatting centuries of systemic ...

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Seattle Met: Should Washington Embrace a Four-Day Workweek?

Seattle Met: Should Washington Embrace a Four-Day Workweek?

THE LAST Washington state legislative session, state senator Joe Nguyen and three others sponsored a bill that would trim the standard 40-hour workweek to 32. It didn’t gain traction. But with the coronavirus pandemic hastening remote office setups, imperiling our mental health, and roiling our concept of time (is it Wednesday? Saturday?), employers have begun to reexamine their workplace norms; ...

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Crosscut: Seattle seeks state’s help to reduce power of police unions

Crosscut: Seattle seeks state’s help to reduce power of police unions

Seattle was on the cusp of finally ending federal oversight of its police department when an outside arbitrator demanded that the city rehire an officer who had punched a handcuffed woman in the eye. The arbitrator's ruling was so upsetting to a federal judge that he saw fit to play the video of the incident — in which officer Adley Shepherd is ...

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Crosscut: Guaranteed income in Seattle? It’s been done before

Crosscut: Guaranteed income in Seattle? It’s been done before

I have a question for Mayor Durkan. When do we start getting our free money? On June 29, 11 U.S. mayors, led by Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, announced the launch of a new network called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The basic idea of a guaranteed income is simple: Give people cash, not just once, but regularly, ...

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Crosscut: ‘Everything is on the table’ as WA stares down a $9B shortfall

Crosscut: ‘Everything is on the table’ as WA stares down a $9B shortfall

With state revenues now expected to take a $9 billion hit, new taxes could get a warmer reception when Washington lawmakers gather to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

On Wednesday, legislative budget writers received new information clarifying just how big of a budget problem they face over the next three years.

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Crosscut: Washington must prioritize equity as it responds to crises

Crosscut: Washington must prioritize equity as it responds to crises

After over two months of social distancing, our new normal has transformed into enduring agony. Like every other elected official in the state and beyond, I spend hours each day responding to heartbreaking emails from constituents who have been pushed to the margins, and far too many who have been pushed over.

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WaPo: Seattle politicians consider defunding police department amid outbreak of violence at protest

WaPo: Seattle politicians consider defunding police department amid outbreak of violence at protest

Political leaders made moves Monday toward defunding the city’s police department in the aftermath of violence here over the weekend, following in the steps of other cities after nearly two weeks of protests over police brutality that have swept the nation.

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